Sotaro Takano was a physical culturist. In the field of sports, he participated in three athletic meets against America, Manchuria and China (1934) and was declared winner in the pole-vault event.
Sotaro Takano was born in 1912 in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan.
After graduating from Tokyo Normal College, was professor first at Mito Higher School, then at Ibaraki Normal School to eventually join the staff of Ibaraki University. Was chairman of the Prefectural Field and Track Events Federation.